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Comedian And Actor Sid Caesar Has Died At 91

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 3:23pm

The multitalented Sid Caesar, who took live and complex comedy skits on the air as a pioneer in 1950s TV, has died at 91. Caesar, who established a new comedic tradition in America before he was 30, died in Los Angeles this week.

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Dating Sites Offer Chance At Love — And A Lesson In Economics

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 3:00pm

When economist Paul Oyer returned to the world of dating, he started logging on to match-making websites. As he explains in a new book, he discovered that his academic expertise was entirely relevant to his foray into online dating.

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Like Individual Novels, These Stories Appeal, Satisfy And Delight

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 3:00pm

Molly Antopol's short stories are set in many different times and places. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says each one will make you nostalgic for another era in short fiction, a time when writer like Bernard Malamud, and Issac Bashevis Singer and Grace Paley roamed the earth.

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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:50pm

The dinosaurs were killed during the Fifth Extinction — which scientists suspect was caused by an asteroid. Now, we are living through an epoch that many scientists describe as the Sixth Extinction and this time, human activity is the culprit.

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Weekly Un-Innovation: There's Nothing To See Here

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:16am

Forget high-tech gadgets that are supposed to make your life easier. Today, we're writing about ... Nothing. Pim de Graaff, a copywriter from Amsterdam, creates handmade black wooden blocks called Nothing to remind you that you already have enough stuff.

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How Indie Star Greta Gerwig Met Her New CBS Sitcom

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 8:34am

CBS landed a much admired actress and writer of independent films to star in the follow-up to a long-running, soon-to-end network sitcom. But in a world of porous boundaries between various kinds of cultures, it's not a bad move.

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Book News: Gabrielle Giffords Writing Book About Gun Control

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:49am

Also: The Hatchet Job of the Year is announced; NASA collaborates on sci-fi series; Penguin India pulls book on Hinduism.

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Adventures Ripped From The Headlines: Questions For Alex Berenson

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:01am

The Counterfeit Agent, released this week, is the 8th book in Berenson's series starring tormented ex-CIA agent John Wells, who never stops battling dangers that might be on the front page of the New York Times — and who converted to Islam years before the TV series Homeland used the same plot device.

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Valentine Hearts That Are Meant To Be Broken

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:41am

These edible treasures would be too pretty to eat — if they weren't so delicious. Bake a batch of gingerbread or shortbread hearts, bedeck them with royal icing — and if it suits your mood, break them in half before devouring them.

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At Last, New York Fashion Week Brings 'Good News For Real People'

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:39am

Wearing oversized sweaters, sensible shoes and loose-fitting suits, the models on the runway this year look downright comfortable. New York Times Style Magazine editor in chief Deborah Needleman says these styles are "much more about comfort" than they have been in the past.

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The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:38am

Two recent studies add to the growing evidence that consuming dairy fat may actually fend off weight gain. Experts say it may be time to revisit the assumption that when it comes to dairy, fat free is always best.

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Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original 'Mocktail'

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:54pm

Generations of children have been charmed by Shirley Temple on screen, and in a glass. The drink that bears her name, it seems, has a shelf life as long as her movies.

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After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:22pm

The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven't been hurting.

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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 1:41pm

In his new book, Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. "We're still exploring the human body and what medicine can do in the same way that the great explorers of the 20th century and every age before them explored the world," he says.

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Nigerian-American Writer Teju Cole Shares His Personal Playlist

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:57am

Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole is as well-known for his creative Twitter feed as he is for his works of fiction like Open City. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear," series, he shares his music playlist.

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Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part 3: Wolf Of Wall Street

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 8:04am

We scoured the Internet to uncover the pros and cons of all nine best picture nominations. Today, we adopt the swagger of Wolf Of Wall Street.

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How Caffeinated Are Our Kids? Coffee Consumption Jumps

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 7:14am

Energy drinks tend to get a bad rap. But when it comes to caffeine intake, teenagers seem to be getting far more caffeine from coffee drinks. Overall, about three-fourths of children in the U.S. consume caffeine on a given day.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Young Money,' By Kevin Roose

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:00am

Kevin Roose's Young Money follows a group of new college graduates trying to make it on Wall Street in the era after the 2008 financial crash. What motivated them to give up their lives, to work 100-hour weeks and endure sneers when the reputation of big finance was at its lowest? And most importantly, how did the experience change them?

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Feb. 9-15: Balenciaga, Bullies And 'The Biological Roots Of Crime'

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:00am

In softcover nonfiction, Mary Blume explores the life of reclusive designer Cristobal Balenciaga, Emily Bazelon looks at teen bullying, Adrian Raine delves into neurocriminology, Rawn James Jr. traces the history of U.S. military integration and Allen C. Guelzo commemorates the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.

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'One More Thing' Has A Few Too Many Things, But It's Still Funny

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:00am

The Office writer B.J. Novak's new story collection covers everything from carrot cake to artificial intelligence. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book has a few too many things packed into it, but overall, the collection is "wildly promising."

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